1920s Art Deco Painted Celluloid Vintage Bangle Detailed with Flowers and Birds

This unusual, rare and evocative bangle would have been a Flapper Girl's 'Must Have'. It dates from the 1920s and is unsigned.

Condition Report:

Good - Some wear to the painted surface. This is consistent with age and use and does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. 


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The Details...

This bangle is constructed from cream coloured celluloid. It features hand-painted motifs of Crysanthemums and leaves around its band and, on a central oval panel, two doves. Gold, green, pink and black are used to great effect. The diameter of the bangle is 7cm. It was intended to be worn far up the arm - a popular fashion with the slveeveless flapper dresses on trend at the time of this bangle's manufacture.

A Short History...

Celluloid was a highly popular material in jewellery manufacture during the 1920s and 1930s. Newly pioneered injection molding processes, meant that cellulose could be used to produce many identical pieces at the same time. This resulted in the cost per item of celluloid pieces being very low and the material could therefore cater for post-wartime and post-depression demands for affordable jewellery. 

Wear it With...

Stack this bangle with others of similar shades to add interest to a cream silk shirt and jeans. 

  • Colour Cream, Black, Pink, Green, Gold
  • Era 1920s
  • Occasion Cocktail and Evening, Holiday and Globetrotting, Smart Casual, Wedding Guest
  • Trend One with Nature, Gatsby Glamour, Floral